Knight leads Big Blue All-Stars as coach in loss to ex-Toppers
With the NBA lockout still going on, Brandon Knight found a new job on Tuesday. Nursing a minor ankle sprain, Knight sat out of an exhibition game in Bowling Green between former Kentucky and Western Kentucky players but ended up coaching his team.
"It was a really fun experience," said Knight, the former UK point guard and the eighth overall selection by the Detroit Pistons in the NBA Draft. "I had a lot of fun coaching and talking to the guys."
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Knight hurt his ankle in a "Big Blue All-Stars" exhibition played Monday against "Villains." The 19-year-old has remained close to Kentucky's fan base since declaring for the draft after the Wildcats' Final Four run last season.
"I'm happy with my decision, and I always will be," he said. "It was the best time to go."
On Tuesday, Knight became increasingly active on the sideline in his "Big Blue" team's 112-97 loss to a "Big Red" team led by the Houston Rockets' Courtney Lee and the Utah Jazz's Jeremy Evans.
With seven minutes to go in the fourth — the blue team trailing by double digits — Knight started jeering officials over a foul called on former teammate Josh Harrellson, a second-round selection by the New Orleans Hornets.
"I've gotta get this ref's name," he said, as a crowd split between blue and red laughed. The game ended to a standing ovation by red- and blue-clad fans, who swarmed the court for Knight's autograph.
"Tonight was particularly fun just because of the fact that there were less players, and all the guys wanted to win," Knight said.
Three crew chiefs suspended four weeks
NASCAR issued four-week suspensions Tuesday to the crew chiefs and car chiefs for Martin Truex Jr., David Reutimann and Bobby Labonte. Chad Johnson, Rodney Childers and Frank Kerr also were fined $50,000 each, and the drivers were docked 25 points apiece. The penalties are from illegal windshields discovered during Friday inspection at Talladega Superspeedway. NASCAR said they did not have the appropriate thickness. The windshields were never used in competition. The teams said they will not appeal the penalties.
Power has broken vertebra after wreck
Will Power suffered a broken vertebra in the 15-car pileup that killed two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Dan Wheldon. Power was among the cars involved in the accident in the IndyCar season finale Oct. 16 at Las Vegas. He was released from a hospital after the accident with no evidence of significant injury. But Penske Racing said more tests Monday in Indianapolis revealed a compression fracture of his fourth thoracic vertebra.
Owens works out, but teams don't show
Terrell Owens' workout was watched by two television networks but no NFL teams. The 37-year-old free-agent wide receiver participated in some drills and caught passes Tuesday outside Los Angeles in a showcase televised by ESPN and NFL Network. He tells ESPN "I definitely feel there are some teams out there that are interested." Agent Drew Rosenhaus says on Twitter that he will be contacting teams Tuesday to tell them Owens "is immediately available to visit and work out for them. He could play this Sunday!"
Romo's wife expecting a baby
Tony Romo casually dropped some big news on a student assembly at a suburban Dallas school: His wife is pregnant. During an appearance at Cedar Hill High School on Tuesday, a student asked the Cowboys quarterback whether he had any children. Romo replied that he didn't but added, "I've actually got one on the way. My wife's pregnant." The Romos expect the arrival in March. Romo and former TV sports reporter Candice Crawford married on May 28.
Vikings' Cook charged in domestic dispute
Vikings cornerback Chris Cook was charged Tuesday with trying to strangle his girlfriend, leaving her with a bloody nose and lip in an alleged attack that jeopardizes his status with the team. Cook was charged with felony domestic assault by strangulation, which carries a penalty of up to three years in prison and a $5,000 fine. The 24-year-old was arrested early Saturday and released from custody Tuesday on $40,000 bail.
■ Kerry Collins came to Indianapolis as Peyton Manning's replacement. After seven games, his season is over, and his career could be, too. The Colts placed the 17-year veteran on injured reserve Tuesday with a concussion.
■ Falcons fullback Ovie Mughelli's season is over. Atlanta placed Mughelli on injured reserve on Tuesday. Mughelli, a 2010 Pro Bowl selection, hurt his right knee Sunday at Detroit.
■ Tampa Bay running back Earnest Graham will miss the remainder of the season because of a torn right Achilles' tendon. Graham was injured during Sunday's 24-18 loss to Chicago in London. He's appeared in all seven games this season, starting the last two with LeGarrette Blount sidelined with a knee injury. The Bucs have a bye this week. If Blount remains sidelined, Kregg Lumpkin likely will move into a starting role.
■ The Vikings waived receiver Bernard Berrian Tuesday. Berrian is a vested veteran, so the Vikings must pay him all of his $1.9 million salary unless another team claims him. He took a pay cut to stay this year after two substandard seasons, but this year was more of the same.
■ The Dolphins' revolving door at quarterback spun anew Tuesday, when the team placed quarterback Sage Rosenfels on the reserve-non-football illness list and signed J.P. Losman, who last completed a pass in 2008. A blood disorder sent Rosenfels to the hospital in August, and he said in a statement that he hasn't fully recovered.
Canada upsets U.S. in Pan Am finals
Canada beat the United States 2-1 Tuesday to win the baseball gold medal at the Pan American Games in Lagos de Moreno, Mexico. The Americans led 1-0 in the first inning, but Canada came back with two runs in the top of the sixth to win their first gold medal at the quadrennial games. The United States, which was playing with professional players, had been the favorite after upsetting Cuba in the semifinals. Canada beat Mexico. The Cubans beat the host Mexicans 6-0 to claim the bronze medal.
Army's Steelman out for 1st time in career
Army quarterback Trent Steelman, a former Bowling Green standout who has started every game of his college career, won't play against Fordham on Saturday at Michie Stadium. Black Knights Coach Rich Ellerson said in a news conference Tuesday that senior Max Jenkins will start for Army (2-5) in place of the junior star, who suffered a lower leg injury late in the first half of Saturday's 44-21 loss at Vanderbilt. Steelman, who has started an academy-record 32 straight games at quarterback, is Army's second-leading rusher with 576 yards and has a team-high 11 rushing touchdowns.
■ LSU star cornerback Tyrann Mathieu, leading rusher Spencer Ware and defensive back Tharold Simon returned to practice on Tuesday for the first time since being suspended a week ago for violating the team's drug policy.
The last word
The forecast at Busch Stadium in St. Louis for Game 6 of the World Series is in the 40s with a 50 percent chance of showers. When asked whether a postponement would allow Cardinals ace Chris Carpenter to pitch a deciding Game 7 on three days' rest, if necessary, Manager Tony La Russa just smiled:
"There isn't any part of me that doesn't want to have a Game 7, but every other part of me says let's think about Game 6 first."